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Convent of Chelas - General Archive of the Army

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Also known as Convento de São Félix e Santo Adrião de Chelas, this is one of the most ancient monastic buildings in the city. Its location at the confluence of the Chelas and Montanha valleys, whose waters converge upon the Tagus, organised a landscape of farms connected by lanes. The informal vegetable gardens persist as remnants that attest to the natural aptitude for agricultural production due to soil fertility and water abundance. Its origin is associated with a Visigoth occupation based on Roman structures, with successive interventions throughout the Low Middle Ages, accumulating Romanesque, Gothic and Manueline elements, among which the extraordinary portal and the 16th century galilee stand out. After the extinction of the monastic orders, the Smokeless Powder Factory was established here, sharing the complex with the General Archive of the Army until the 1950s.

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